Hamilton's Success Not Really In His Own Hands At This Point Says Allison

by Adam OndrikMonday, 22 January 2024 at 19:00
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Mercedes's technical director, James Allison, said whether or not Lewis Hamilton can win is not really in his own hands at the moment.
Lewis Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher's record for the most consecutive seasons in F1 with at least one Grand Prix victory (15).
The seven-time World Champion achieved a win in every single season ever since he joined Formula One up until 2021. However, in 2022, the seven-time World Champion lacked a competitive car, and his streak ended.
Moreover, he has now not won a single race for two seasons. The seven-time World Champion is 39 years old (pretty old for an average driver on the F1 grid in 2024), and many ask whether he still has the drive that he needs to succeed.
A man who works closely with the number 44 driver, James Allison, told motorsport.com he doesn't think motivation is a problem.

"I think you'd struggle to find a driver anywhere in the grid that wasn't motivated I think that sort of comes with the territory with them. And generally speaking, the more successful the drivers have been, the more sort of inescapable that compulsive need to win is."

The Mercedes driver has been quite unsuccessful (compared to his average season) in the last two years, which, according to Allison's words, should mean he is more motivated than ever before.

"In Lewis's case, it's just a core part of who he is, so there's no doubt about his motivation to get back to winning ways."

However, the problem is that the seven-time World Champion will need a car that could match Max Verstappen and Red Bull, and that is not in his hands, as the technical director pointed out.

"But whether or not he can do that, will be much more in the hands of the equipment we've given him than in his own hands. He's always had that ability there."